The time to prepare is now, says IEMA
information provided by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 17, 2019) – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging all Illinoisans to prepare today for another blast of winter weather. The National Weather Service is forecasting accumulating snow for northern and central Illinois, followed by a blast of cold arctic air that will bring single digit wind chills to our state.
“Being unprepared for winter weather is not only inconvenient, it’s dangerous,” said IEMA Chief of Staff Jennifer Ricker. “With more snow and dangerously cold temperatures on tap for much of the state, the time to act is now to ensure you and your family are prepared for everything from a dusting of snow to a major winter storm.”
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency maintains the Ready Illinois website which includes critical safety information to help Illinoisans before, during, and after any hazard, man-made or natural.
Winter weather preparedness tips include:
- Winterize your home and take steps to prevent frozen water pipes
- Charge your mobile devices before any storm
- Create and discuss emergency plans for you and your family
- Build a home emergency kit with items such as food, water, medications, NOAA weather radio, flashlight, and spare batteries
- Stock your vehicle with emergency items such as a first aid kit, phone charger, blankets, extra clothes, jumper cables, kitty litter or sand, a flashlight, and a snow scraper in the event you must travel
- If you lose power, seek out a warming center in your area until the power can be restored. A list of warming centers can be found on the Ready Illinois website.
As the winter storm approaches, public safety officials urge residents to stay ahead of the storm by following the watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a free mobile app that once downloaded allows you to receive emergency alerts and information for up to five different locations. Enabling alerts on your mobile device allows you receive important lifesaving information regardless whether you are at home, work or traveling.
When possible, stay off the roads during and immediately after a storm. This allows crews to effectively clear and appropriately treat area roadways. If you must travel during a storm, please remember to share the road. Illinois law requires drivers to change lanes when approaching police or other emergency vehicles.
More tips for staying safe at home and on the road are available in a Winter Weather Preparedness guide developed by IEMA and the National Weather Service. This guide is available, in digital form, by clicking the image.